August 9th 2014-Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Katsunari Takayama (27-6-0-1, 10) vs Francisco Rodriguez Jr (17-2, 13)
In 2014 fight fans got an absolute treat as IBF Minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama [高山勝成] travelled to Mexico to face WBO champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr. Whilst there has been a copy of this fight on here for a long time, this is the first time we've come across a Japanese commentary version, and one which is actually higher quality in video than the widely seen Mexican version.
All too often in this great sport we see amazing fights get over-looked not just by the big networks but also by fans. It's unfortunate but it happens.
Thankfully as a result of the internet we can not only a get a chance to watch great fights after they are but also discuss great fights after they are and one fight that stole the weekend was the IBF/WBO Minimumweight unification bout between Japan's Katsunari Takayama and Mexico's Francisco Rodriguez Jr.
We're not going to spoil the result but we will ask that you do set aside an hour of your time and watch this amazing contest between two of the best guys at 105lbs. The contest is riveting from the first round to the last and was the sort of thing that professional boxing needs more of, top fighters, fighting each other with little worry about what a loss means their career. They are fighting for their legacy not just to line their pockets with undeserving and grossly over-paid purses.
For those who hadn't seen Rodriguez before he had won his WBO world title by stopping Merlito Sabillo earlier this year. As for Takayama he had won his IBF title in a previous visit to Mexico when he defeated Mario Rodriguez, whilst both of those bouts were good, this one was much better than either of them.
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